Still Stinks (and Doesn’t Work): Socialism by Another Name

Written by William Pauwels on May 7, 2014

It’s been said that “the American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of ‘liberalism,’ they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.” (The quote is widely attributed to American socialist and six-time presidential candidate Norman Thomas, but that citation is disputed.)

Regardless of who, if anyone, actually said those words, they ring true and remind me that the transformation of America into a de facto Marxist/Socialist/quasi-Fabian-Communist state has been taking place gradually. Obama/Reid/Pelosi/Clinton/the Democrats and the liberal-leftist media are indeed taking our nation closer and closer to a quasi-Fabian-Communist system of governance.  With a complicit media, our nation seems virtually powerless to resist the forces that are overtaking the American Republic.

Of course, Obama and his Democrat cabal have denied their commitment to a quasi-Fabian-Communist ideology – but their actions betray their rhetoric.  

Government in America now has 22 million employees – attempting to control virtually every aspect of American life, the American economy, and American enterprise. Obamacare seized one sixth of the U.S. economy. We are experiencing the slowest recovery in our history – consistent with failed Communist regimes of the past.

Government regulations are virtually strangling our once thriving Free Enterprise System. America’s growing debt is unprecedented in history – as is our growing operating deficit. Our nation is clearly going where all Communist nations have gone in the past–-downhill, economically, socially, politically and morally.

America’s best hope is to reduce the size of government by, say, 1% per year.  All regulations should be given expiration dates and not be perpetuated without congressional approval.  The review of current regulation should be the primary role of Congress – and of the government bureaucracy – and not the creation of new regulations.

Term limits should be established for new members of Congress.  Career politicians should become a thing of the past.  However, to make this possible, the terms of  existing congressmen and women should be grandfathered, i.e., extended for the duration of their political careers.  However, fixed term limits should be established for new members at federal and state levels.

No nation in the history of the world has had the level of sustained prosperity as the United States.  Our Founders established our nation as a Representative Republic – a new concept of governance – and it has worked beyond all expectations.  Why would we undo our proven system?  Why are we copying quasi-Fabian-Communist systems that have never produced the prosperity of the American-Way. I can only conclude that most career politicians are addicted to big, all-controlling, all-regulating government – as the means of extending their political careers and government perquisites.

Note: Speaking of Socialism’s failure: In a reversal of strategy, it is reported that Socialist President Hollande promises to turn around the French economy and create jobs via tax cuts and government downsizing. This is another example of the inevitable failure of Socialism. It simply doesn’t work.

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William Pauwels
William A. Pauwels, Sr. was born in Jackson Michigan to a Belgian, immigrant, entrepreneurial family. Bill is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and served in executive and/or leadership positions at Thomson Industries, Inc., Dow Corning, Loctite and Sherwin-Williams. He is currently CIO of Pauwels Private Investment Practice. He's been commenting on matters political/economic/philosophical since 1980.